We all have encountered bad hair days, and let’s face it, waking up with frizzy, hard-to-tame hair can ruin the mood for the rest of the day. Thanks to our hectic lifestyle combined with unhealthy eating habits, we hardly put any effort into pampering our tresses. As result, we either face excessive hair loss or end up with dry, lifeless hair. While genetics are to be blamed in some cases, the real culprit is chemical-heavy haircare products, be it shampoos,
conditioners or leave-in serums. We’ve put together a guide to reverse the damage and put new life into your mane.
Here are 3 ways to ensure you shift to natural solutions and enjoy thick, lustrous hair.
Say yes to chemical-free shampoos
Ditch harsh, chemical-based shampoos in favour of natural hair cleaners that do not contain harmful substances like paraben, sulphates, artificial colours and strong fragrances. While shampoos with SLS/SLES may give you a squeaky-clean feeling, those ingredients also strip off your hair its natural oils, leading to hay-like, brittle hair strands that are more vulnerable to breakage. Silicone present in hair creams is another substance you should avoid as it causes build-up in your scalp over time. Experts recommend investing in products that are enriched with hair cleansing agents like Reetha, Triphala, Jatamansi and Shikakai. If you’re facing dandruff issues, look for ingredients such as Neem and Lemon which have natural anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Don’t over-condition your hair
Many of us are guilty of over-conditioning our hair, smothering it with leave-in conditioners and thick hair masks. While dry hair demands some extra care, going overboard with products that are laden with chemicals will only add to the problem. You can instead opt for an old-school oil massage to give your hair a moisture boost. Applying oils like almond, coconut or mustard once in a week is a great way of naturally restoring hydration in your tresses while letting them breathe.
Let your hair breathe
Don’t let marketers deceive you into believing that you need a ton of products to keep your mane happy. Of course, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution in haircare, but you don’t have to buy every other product that your hairstylist recommends. The key is to keep it simple, especially when it comes to haircare products. Get a formula that is made with natural ingredients and offers numerous benefits like hair loss prevention, promoting new growth and strengthening of hair cuticles. If your concern areas are hair thinning and breakage, look for products with onion, coffee beans, aloe vera, carrot, coriander etc.
While we often take a laid-back approach in our hair care, our mane deserves all the pampering. Besides adopting natural products, make sure to be gentle with your tresses, drink enough water and get adequate sleep to get the hair of your dreams.